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News from the WVU Alumni Band in Morgantown, West Virginia. To arrange an interview with a WVU Alumni Band officer or member, please John Sinsel.
  • 31 Jan 2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    WVU will take on Oklahoma State, on Oct. 21st during Homecoming weekend 2023.

  • 25 Jan 2023 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    The February meeting is being held virtually (via Zoom) on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 7:00PM.  This is a member-only event for those that paid their 2023 dues.  You must RSVP in order to participate.  The link to register is under the tab Membership Payment and Event Registration Portal.

    Zoom credentials will be sent to registered dues paid members on Saturday, February 4, 2023.  We hope to see you there!

    As a reminder, please complete the Committee Form when you visit our website.  There will be plenty of activities this year and members ideas and support are needed to make them a success.


  • 17 Jan 2023 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings fellow Alumni Band members!

    We hope each of you had a fun-filled holiday season. We also wish each and every one of you health and happiness in 2023.  

    Past Events

    Homecoming 2022 is in the books! We had a wonderful turnout for the parade and party on Friday night and then Saturday morning for the performance of pregame with The Pride of West Virginia. Members were able to socialize with old friends and enjoy a great buffet from Vice Versa. The Pride of WV pep band stopped by to treat members to a few tunes at the party. Saturday was a new adventure with registration and rehearsal being held at Mountaineer Field. Members enjoyed a light breakfast and lunch from Apple Annie’s before the game with TCU. Members were able to relive their college days by marching with The Pride down Law School Hill and entering the tunnels for pregame.


    The year was also a grand celebration of 50 years of women in the band! Festivities kicked off with Angelia Barnett and John Sinsel, accompanied by 1972 Pride member Cindi Shockey, receiving a proclamation celebrating 50 years of women in the band, from Commissioner Tom Bloom of the Monongalia County Commission. The women returning for the weekend participated in the Friday parade and party activities. The class of 1972 women received the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2022 during our annual meeting. These women also received special recognition during the game on Saturday from WVU. Those attending included: Angie Arnold Bowman, Jill Cochran, Joyce Minyard Dawley, Coral Lea Naggy Totten (all part of the Dirty Dozen, attending band camp the first year). Also attending was Eileen Smith Dallabrida and Alcinda "Cindy" Trickett Shockey who joined the band right after band camp in 1972. Thank you ladies for paving the way for women in the band!   

    After the practice with The Pride on Saturday morning, the 2022 annual WVU Alumni Band, Inc. meeting was held at the tunnel entrance to the stadium. The following are highlights from the meeting:

    • The President, Mary Lechliter-King, gave an update about activities since the 2021 annual meeting. This included membership meeting information from the past year, updates concerning The Pride picnic during band camp, a reminder that the Alumni Band needs people to help on numerous committees, and the fundraising efforts of the Alumni Band to help The Pride of West Virginia.
    • Ellen Ramey was announced as our Outstanding Alumni recipient for 2021. Congratulations, Ellen!
    • Catherine Slawson was the winner of the WVU Alumni Association Lifetime Membership. Congratulations, Catherine!
    • An update to the makeup of the Alumni Band board was discussed and approved by the membership. The board will then select the officers for the Alumni Band.
    • It was also discussed that the Alumni Band is looking to integrate better with the Alumni Association as well as upcoming events for the rest of 2022 and into 2023.
    • 2022-2023 Officers and Board of Directors.

    President - John Sinsel

    Vice President - Al Hall

    Secretary - Hope Poole

    Treasurer - Theresa Smith

    Board Member/Website/Membership - Sarah Bennett-Harper

    Board Member/Past President - Mary Lechliter-King

    Board Member - Angelia Barnett

    Board Member - Jeff Caplinger

    Board Member - Scott Mahaney

    Board Member - Dave O’Neal

    Board Member - Ellen Ramey

    Board Member - Sean Sawyer

    Upcoming Events

    1. February Membership Meeting - Members are invited to attend our February meeting, Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 7:00pm. Registration information will be provided around January 22, 2023 to those with a 2023 membership (more information about 2023 memberships below).

    2. St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pittsburgh, PA - The event is scheduled for March 11, 2023. At this time, we plan to participate. To register and for more information about the parade, please visit the website.    

    3. Gold-Blue Game – Waiting on the date from WVU Athletics.

    4. World Association of Marching Show Bands 2023 World      Championships – Grand Feature Parade of Nations participation, Saturday, July 22, 2023. This week-long event is being held in Buckhannon, WV. More than twenty-three countries will be represented. Information will be released soon about how you can participate in this event.

    5. The Pride Band Camp Picnic – date TBD

    6. Fundraising Events Supporting The Pride  dates TBD

    2023 Membership Dues 

    With all these exciting events coming up (and a lot more on the way), its that time of year again to renew your membership for 2023 and be a part of everything the Alumni Band has planned and will be planning in the future. Membership renewal for 2023 will be processed as an "Event" from our website. Starting today, you can go to the website to process your payment. You will find the 2023 membership renewal under the “Membership Payment and Event Registration Portal” tab or on the homepage under Upcoming Events. Membership dues are $40.00. However, if you pay your dues by March 31stan early bird discount will apply, and the dues payment will be $25.00. The earlier you pay your dues, the more you can enjoy the events that the Alumni Band has to offer.  

    We rely on membership dues to pay for our general operating costs, such as fees for the storage unit, insurance, website, and office supplies. As a reminder, any event fees that the Alumni Band takes in for events like Homecoming only pay for that event and do not fund our general operating costs.

    We are moving toward a fully electronic payment system for dues and events.  However, if you need to pay by check, please see the mailing address below. If you have any questions while processing your membership, please contact Sarah at Webmaster@wvualumniband.org. If you have questions about your payment, please contact Theresa at TheresaSmith@wvualumniband.org

    We really rely on you, our members, to keep this organization going while continuing to provide support to the Pride of West Virginia in all its endeavors. Please consider renewing your membership by March 31st if you are a current member and if you’re not a member, come join us and see what we have in store for 2023.

    Committees

    A committee member application form is now available on the website in the member only section (Committee Form). After paying your membership dues, please take some time to complete the application if you are interested in serving on any of our committees for 2023.  

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@wvualumniband.orgStay safe and Let’s Go Mountaineers!

    Sincerely,

    Officers and Board of Directors, WVU Alumni Band Inc., 2022-2023


    WVU Alumni Band, Inc.

    WVU Alumni Association

    PO Box 4269

    Morgantown, WV 26504


  • 05 Nov 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Six new board members were elected during the organizations annual meeting October 29th. Please welcome Jeff Caplinger, Al Hall, Scott Mahaney, Ellen Ramey, Sean Sawyer, and Theresa Smith. 

  • 18 Oct 2022 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    We have been invited by Dr. Williams and The Pride to spend Homecoming Game Day shadowing them from practice through pre-game! Please read this entire email so you do not miss several important updates concerning Homecoming Weekend 2022.

    Game Day

    WVU Athletics is graciously working with the Band Office and our Board of Directors to accommodate us spending the day with The Pride and all of our game day activities. Some game day highlights include:

    • Limited number of parking passes near the stadium. Carpooling will be encouraged.
    • Registration in the Indoor Practice Facility (IPF), located directly behind the stadium across from the Press Box tunnel.
    • Combined pre-game show rehearsal at Mountaineer Field.
    • Joining The Pride on Law School Hill and marching as a unit with them to the tunnels.
    • Playing in the stands! This year we will be bringing our instruments back to our seats so we can play some of our pre-game music during the game.

    Only those registered to march pre-game will be allowed to enter the facility for practice. You must have your wristband and personal ticket/ticket lanyard for entry. If you have a pre-teen/teen with you as your guest, please let us know ASAP at info@wvualumniband.org.

    Details are being worked out with the Band Office and a formal schedule with game day details is forthcoming. All updates for the weekend will be sent out by email and also available under the tab Homecoming 2022 at the website.

    After Homecoming, WVU Athletics, the Band Office and our Board of Directors will meet to discuss how the day turns out this year to determine if this is something that can continue in the future. WVU Athletics and the Band Office have made it very clear that our alcohol policy applies to all of the facilities we enter (i.e., Mountaineer Field, IPF) for rehearsal, registration, annual meeting, and pre-game. The success of the day will determine future game day activities spent with The Pride.

    Additional Guest Ticket

    If you would like to purchase an additional guest ticket for the game, you may do so by emailing Sarah at Webmaster@wvualumniband.org. Guest tickets are $70.

    Parade Time Change

    Parade time step-off is 6:00pm. This time change is due to the high school MoHawk Bowl held Friday evening.

    Rental Equipment

    If you are in need of rental equipment, you must have your reservation in by Friday, October 21, 2022. Please email John at Equipment@wvualumniband.org with any questions you may have.

    Let’s Go Mountaineers!


  • 28 Sep 2022 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    We have WVU Alumni Band, Inc merchandise for sale.  All orders must be placed by midnight Sunday, October 9, 2022 

    Those who are attending homecoming and would like to pick up their orders at Saturday morning registration should choose the Local Pickup/Group Shipping option during checkout. If you would like to have your order shipped to you directly, please choose Individual Shipping.

    Please see link below.

    WVU Alumni Band Apparel Order Form


  • 17 Sep 2022 10:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that registration for 2022 WVU Homecoming Weekend for the WVU Alumni Band, Inc is now open. We hope you'll join us in Morgantown October 28 - 29, 2022 as WVU takes on the TCU Horned Frogs! 

    This email serves as your official notice for Homecoming 2022. Please keep it for future reference. 

    Verified and dues paying members can get updated information about Homecoming Weekend 2022 online. Please read all materials.  

    Below you will find some highlights about this exciting weekend and the registration process!

    New Members

    New members must be pre-verified before being permitted to pay dues and register. Some cases take extra time as they have to be verified by the band office. Please allow enough time for verification and registration for weekend events.

    Parade and Party

    We will have a "pass the hat" donation for The Pride at parade line up this year. Pride fundraising is used to help offset costs for the band camp picnic, gift cards for members during camp week, band banquet needs, and senior graduation items to name a few. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated. 

    The reunion party will be held at Vice Versa located at 335 High St (side alley entrance), Morgantown, WV 26505. Ticket prices are $30 per person and will not be available at the door. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. The party will feature an informal program including games, door prizes, auction items, and the WVU Marching Band Seniors! 

    Game Day

    Member game ticket price is $45 and a guest ticket is $70.

    You must be registered in order to participate in pre-game, even if you have your own ticket. You will need credentials from us in order to have access to Mountaineer Field.

    We do not have the details and a final schedule for game day finalized with WVU Athletics, Facilities, and the Band Office. We will send out updates concerning game day practice times as more information becomes available. Updates will also be available on the Game Day website page.

    Equipment Rentals

    Instruments and equipment rentals.  The rental cost is $20 (nonrefundable fee) at the time of registration. Please remember to bring your $50 deposit (check - no cash please) and fully completed rental agreement with you the first time you pick up your rental. You will receive your $50 deposit back when the instrument is returned to the truck to the equipment manager. Rentals will only be provided to those submitting registrations prior to Homecoming weekend. See more information at the website. 

    Dues and Registration

    Dues and Homecoming Registration can be paid using PayPal.  Dues must be paid before you register for Homecoming events. Please see information to register for 2022 Homecoming events.  

    Online registration closes October 14, 2022 and payments made by mail must be postmarked by October 14, 2022. Any payments and/or paper registrations not received by the due date are subject to cancellation. Late registrations are subject to a $35 late fee. A wait list will be available at the registration portal until Wednesday, October 26th. If you take a chance and register the day of the event, you will need to come to the trouble table at the CAC to see if we have tickets left. We do not issue refunds. Please plan accordingly.

    *Please note that registrations for the parade and party are separate from game day events. This allows us to properly account for member attendance for the party and game day tickets.  

    We have a new address.  

    WVU Alumni Band, Inc.

    WVU Alumni Association

    PO Box 4269

    Morgantown, WV 26504

    As a full member of the WVU Alumni Band, you have access to the online member forums, to help identify and solve problems, as well as communicate with other members. There are Homecoming FAQs that will be available in the next few days that you can browse. You may also suggest other questions be added as FAQs. If you can't find the information you're looking for or have outstanding questions, you can Contact Us or send an email to info@wvualumniband.org.


    We look forward to seeing you in Morgantown October 28th and 29th!

    Sincerely,

    2022 Officers WVU Alumni Band, Inc.


  • 09 Aug 2022 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    The August membership meeting is being held virtually (via Zoom) on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 7:00PM.  This is a member-only event for those that paid their 2022 dues. You must RSVP in order to participate. Please click here to register.

    Zoom credentials will be sent to registered dues paid members on Monday, August 15, 2022.  We hope to see you there!

  • 30 Jul 2022 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Hello fellow band alumni, 

    As most of you know, the WVU Alumni Band has been sponsoring more activities and funding needs in support of the members of The Pride over the past few years. These activities have included the band picnic, the band banquet, and senior day, to name a few. This year we would like to provide a $10 gift card to a local Morgantown restaurant for each band member during the annual band picnic.

    This past week, members of the TBT pep band have generously donated $340 for this cause covering 34 gift cards (Snare, Tenors, Cymbals, and two Twirlers). Four members individually donated funds to cover their former sections (Alto Saxes, Tenor Saxes, and Baritones).

    We are asking our former alumni to help support this effort. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. Even if your section is already covered, please consider donating so some of the uncovered sections can receive a gift card too. I have asked a lot of restaurants to help out, but I haven't gotten very far with any of them. Unfortunately, almost all the support the band gets comes from you, our alumni.

    The sections that still need covered are as follows:

    • Twirlers           2
    • Piccolo          24
    • Trombone     31
    • Clarinet         25
    • Trumpet        51
    • Mellophone   14
    • Tuba             22
    • Color guard  32
    • Drum majors  4

    TOTAL CARDS STILL NEEDED – 205 ($2,050)

    Sections that have been paid for include:

    • Alto sax        27 – Paid for by an alumni member.
    • Tenor sax     25 – Paid for by an alumni member.
    • Baritone        12 – Paid for by two alumni members.
    • Snare            10 – Paid for by TBT members.
    • Tenors            5 – Paid for by TBT members.
    • Bass drums    7 – Paid for by TBT members.
    • Cymbals       10 – Paid for by TBT members.
    • Twirlers           2 – Paid for by TBT members.

    If you have already made a donation for the picnic to help offset the cost of the supplies, we thank you! We are still accepting donations for the picnic. You can donate to the picnic and gift card fund by going to our Contribute page. Please write in “Picnic” or “Gift Card” in the comment box on the donation form so we know where to allocate your donation.

    Thank you for your continued support of The Pride!


    Sincerely,


    David O’Neal

    Corresponding Secretary, Band Picnic Chair


  • 27 Jul 2022 12:11 AM | Anonymous

    This month, several of our members provided stand tunes for our Best Virginia team at a scrimmage in Fairmont, WV and the TBT in Charleston, WV. Lots of reports from those attending about the awesome time they had. You can check out some of the highlights from these two events and others this year at our website. Many thanks to our members and members of The Pride for participating in these awesome events!

    We have lots of activities for you to participate in over the next few months!

    Pride Picnic

    Tuesday, August 9th is the annual Pride picnic sponsored by the WVU Alumni Band. If you are able to provide a monetary donation to help offset the cost of the picnic, it would be greatly appreciated. Please go to our Contribute page to donate.

    If you would like to help with the picnic, please sign up here so we know how many people we will have to assist. We look forward to a great evening with The Pride!

    Pep Band Events

    • Pep Band members are needed for the Mountaineer Main Street event in St. Albans, WV on Saturday, August 27th. Time of our performance is still being worked out with the event organizers. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

    There will be live music from 4-10pm and over 60 vendors participating. They will have prizes all day that include gas cards, WVU home game tickets and more.

    • Pep Band members are needed for WVU Cleft Craniofacial Center patient and clinic staff picnic at Dorsey’s Knob Park, in Morgantown, WV. The event will be on Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2022. This group had us play for them in 2019 and are excited to have us back. More information to come about the performance time. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

    Homecoming 2022

    Information about homecoming will be sent out in August. Be on the lookout for more information next month.

    Let's Go Mountaineers!


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